Honestly, there’s no right answer when it comes to picking the perfect Christmas reward, but let’s be clear on one thing: giving cash is counter-productive.
71% of 1,000 employees recently surveyed* said they’d prefer gift cards, vouchers or cash
But the latter usually gets swallowed up in their bank account by bills and other spending!
So the money never feels like a real reward and the motivational impact is lost.
Gift cards and vouchers offer a much better alternative. Employees are more likely to buy something they want, rather than something they need. Plus, traditional Christmas gifts can be costly and difficult to organise, with no guarantees your staff will like what you’ve bought them.
For staff you know well
If you’re a manager of a close–knit team, you may know that Steve likes his designer labels, and Andrea loves going on weekend breaks. So a voucher for a fashion retailer will be perfect for Steve, and a holiday gift card will appeal to Andrea. Appreciation levels will rocket.
For bigger teams
If your workforce is large, or your staff turnover is high, you’ll struggle to know individual tastes and preferences. This is where multi-retailer options rule. They can be spent in a huge range of stores, giving every employee a chance to handpick exactly what they want.
If you’ve left it late
When you reach December and still haven’t sorted Christmas rewards, you still have plenty of options. Digital reward codes offer lots of spending choice and can be delivered instantly by email or SMS.
Or if you’d still prefer to give paper vouchers or plastic gift cards, you could pay a little extra for in-house fulfilment and next day delivery to meet the Christmas delivery deadline.